Happy to be ‘off trend’ and thinking Civil War style

There’s a lovely thrill to opening a parcel of fabrics!  I treated myself to a batch of 10 Moda fat quarters from the winter sale section of kalquilts – www.kalquilts.com/maincategory/Winter_Sale .  The range of fabrics called ‘Perennials’ is quite old now and fits into the category of ‘reproduction Civil War prints’ -which I just love!  It’s the deep warm tones and ditsy prints that appeal to me. I think … Read more

Hexagons and keeping notes

A request for ‘a bag like the one made 18 months ago’ has left me scrabbling around for clues!  A quilted tote bag with hexagons…  My memory awakes but oh! dear! I’m struggling for details!  This has become a lesson in the discipline of keeping design notes, even for a part-time creator like me! Thankfully a search through a ‘useful things drawer’ reunited me with the paper hexagons used … Read more

Memories in a quilt…

Modern day patchwork quilts are very often made using newly bought fabrics – most of the ones I’ve made certainly have been.  Of course, traditionally, patchwork quilts were pieced together from left-over scraps and fabric reclaimed from worn-out clothing or bedding.  Those true scrap quilts hold lots of memories for whoever made and then used them as the fabrics were direct reminders of people who had worn the clothing … Read more

Oops! Too early to mention ‘Christmas shopping’?

Well!  It is getting harder to escape the fact we are in the run-up to Christmas! I haven’t started shopping for gifts yet – I’d love to think I’ll make most of them but really… In an earlier post I shared my experience of being the sellers side of a stall at a craft fair.  Last Saturday I packed my homemades into the car again and went to the … Read more